Bachelor's of Science in Psychology (UMass Amherst)
Master's in Human Factors in Information Design (Bentley University)
Current Position Title and Affiliation: UX Researcher at Noom
Summary of Position:
I am currently a UX/User Researcher at Noom. At Noom, I work on developing products that help people change their health behaviors to live a healthier life. In this job, I get to use my background in behavior change and psychology daily! A big part of my daily work is dedicated to talking to Noom users and learning how to improve the product in ways that will make it easier for them to use and in ways that will help support them in making changes to live a healthier lifestyle.
What do you love most about this career path?
I get to spend all day talking to people and helping them reach their health goals through Noom. UX Research is a field of work that is both analytical and people-centered, which helps satisfy both my creative and scientific needs.
How did UMass and/or Psychological and Brain Sciences help prepare you?
In so many ways! I use concepts that I learned in courses at UMass daily—such as how humans process information and how to encourage people to change their behaviors.
Tips for Current Undergrads:
Make an effort to learn about all the different types of career paths that alumni hold that studied within your major. Reach out to UMass Alumni on LinkedIn (like me!) and find out more so you can decide if that might be a good career for you! I had no idea there were job opportunities beyond being a Psychologist when I was an undergraduate majoring in Psychology.